MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand with 1 Week to Go

We've arrived at the final week of the 2016 MLB regular season. Baseball feels unimportant after the news early Sunday morning that Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had died in a boating accident, but the pennant push continues on. The Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers have all clinched their respective divisions on the National League side, leaving a three-team race between the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals for two wild-card spots. On the American League side, the Texas Rangers have clinched the AL West, and the Boston Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot, while the Cleveland Indians' magic numbers sits at one to claim the AL Central crown. That leaves the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers as the leaders in the wild-card standings, with the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros not out of the running either. Meanwhile, non-contenders are taking a long look at some of ...


Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Top 10 Pickups for Week 26

Fantasy baseball's finish line is well in sight. One week remains on MLB's schedule. Although keep in mind that any tiebreaker game—a real possibility in both leagues' wild-card races—classifies as a regular-season contest. As a result, any stats accrued count in fantasy leagues. Without any long-term ramifications, managers should feel no loyalty to anyone. Don't like a decent pitcher's matchup? Dump him for someone scheduled to tussle against a lesser adversary.  Unsure about someone such as Alex Bregman, who has missed a few days but isn't ruled out for the season yet? Don't hold out hope for two games. Go get someone who will play six or seven. Heading into the final week, the last batch of waiver-wire recommendations will focus heavily on matchup plays. That makes pitchers a larger focus. It's also important for gamers to know their circumstances. Which categories still contain potential for mobility? Is there an innings limit, and if so, how ...


MLB Playoff Picture 2016: Bracket, Odds, Wild-Card Standings Entering Last Week

With just over one week left in the long slog that is the MLB regular season, the playoff pictures in both leagues are becoming clearer with each passing day. Each of the six division races is all but over, but teams in both the American League and National League continue to claw at each other's heels in their final attempts to secure wild-card spots.  In the AL, the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians have firm holds on their respective divisions, and the Texas Rangers have already clinched the AL West title. Meanwhile, the division winners are all locked in for the NL playoffs. The Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers will represent the East, Central and West, respectively, after the Dodgers clinched the NL West Sunday evening.  Now, superstition-fueled history tells us that the San Francisco Giants should be the 2016 World Series champions. After all, they win the Fall Classic every two years, or at least they have on alternating ...


B/R MLB 300: Ranking the Top 25 Shortstops of 2016

After a stop at second base, the B/R MLB 300 will now go to the left side of the infield and check in with the top shortstops in Major League Baseball. As with first base and second base, the list ahead features the names of 25 shortstops. The scoring system for them reflects how shortstop is an extremely important defensive position with low offensive standards: Hitting: 25 points Power: 25 points Baserunning: 20 points Defense: 30 points Before we move on, here's a reminder that this year's B/R MLB 300 is different from past versions in a key way. Rather than use the events of 2016 to project for 2017, the focus is strictly on 2016. Think of these rankings as year-end report cards. For more on how the scoring and ranking work, read ahead.Begin Slideshow


From a Fractured Skull to Baseball’s Best Closer: ‘It’s a Real Miracle’

Watching on television, through the eye of the center field camera, the pitch looks unhittable. Standing at home plate, with a bat in your hands, it looks just about the same. "A devastating pitch," Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "Really hard, and with tremendous sink. It looks straight until it gets to the plate, and then it goes down." Zach Britton throws it, game after game, pitch after pitch. Hitters pound it into the ground, or they just whiff. According to FanGraphs, their batting average against it was .154, the slugging percentage was .197, and nearly 30 percent of the time they swung, they missed, through Sept. 24. The average velocity: 96.3 mph. "It's the best left-handed sinker I've ever seen," said one American League scout with decades of experience watching thousands of pitches. "He's kind of like the modern-day Mariano Rivera," Longoria said. "Basically just one pitch, but it's a devastating pitch." The ...


NL West Champion LA Dodgers Hope Resilience, Momentum Carry over to October

The 2016 season has not gone according to script for the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Sunday afternoon, though, all the punch-up artists in Hollywood couldn't have written it any better. With their magic number whittled to one, the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 10 innings. It was legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's final home game, and he got to call a walk-off home run by utilityman Charlie Culberson—in extras, no less. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register offered: Even with the MLB mood darkened by the tragic death of Miami Marlins' ace Jose Fernandez, it was a special scene. At nearly the same moment, the San Francisco Giants lost 4-3 to the San Diego Padres just down California's I-5 freeway. Call it a double clinch. The Dodgers have now won four straight NL West titles. During that span, they've never advanced past the National League Championship Series, and have been dropped twice ...


Dodgers Clinch NL West: Highlights, Twitter Reaction to Celebration

The Los Angeles Dodgers are National League West champions for the fourth consecutive season. They clinched the division crown in dramatic fashion Sunday, as second baseman Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to send them to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers reacted to the win and the National League West crown that came with it: It will be a moment Culberson will likely remember for the rest of his life: The team also shared the celebratory embraces and the after-victory party: Sunday was the final home game of the season for Los Angeles, which means it was the last time legendary broadcaster Vin Scully called a game in Dodger Stadium. Scully will retire after the year, and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com thought it was the perfect ending: Boston Celtics announcer Sean Grande underscored just how long Scully had been with the Dodgers: Jesse Spector of Sporting News ...


Bryce Harper Injury: Updates on Nationals Star’s Wrist and Return

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper suffered a wrist injury on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's unclear when he'll return to the field.  Continue for updates. Harper Suffers Wrist Injury Sunday, Sept. 25 Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reported Harper was holding his left wrist after sliding awkwardly into third base, and Chris Heisey replaced Harper in right field.  This is not the first health concern for Harper in 2016. He already dealt with neck stiffness earlier in the season that forced him to miss time. Harper isn't known for his durability and appeared in more than 139 contests in a season for the first time in his career when he played 153 last year. However, he is widely considered one of the best players in MLB and is the anchor in the middle of the Nationals lineup. Thus far, he's hitting .244 with 24 home runs and 85 RBI in 2016. Harper proved his overall dominance in 2015 ...


Jose Fernandez’s Joy, Passion Create Lasting Memories on Tragic Day

When Jose Fernandez pitched, anything was possible. He was young, vibrant, dominant and passionate. He was a Rookie of the Year winner, surely a future Cy Young Award winner, a foundational piece of the Miami Marlins organization and a face of the game's next generation. That he died overnight Saturday is stunningly tragic. That it was in a boating accident is utterly unspeakable. Fernandez, 24, defected from Cuba to chase his baseball dream. It took him four tries. Once, he was caught and tossed into a Cuban prison, just a kid, 15, locked up with steely adults. The fourth attempt was successful but harrowing. His mother, Maritza, was knocked off the boat by a wave, and Fernandez leapt into the ocean and saved her from drowning. This is American Dream stuff—the best of our cultural melting pot, the part where it was supposed to be smooth sailing for Fernandez from here on out. Instead, a young ...


Sports World Reacts to Jose Fernandez’s Death in Boating Accident

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was one of three people declared dead Sunday after a boating accident.  He was 24. "The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez," a team statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time." Sunday's game at Marlins Park against the Atlanta Braves has been canceled. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also released a statement: All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life. The Miami sports community was quick to offer condolences. According to NFL.com, the Miami Dolphins will have a moment of silence in remembrance before ...


Copyright © 1996-2010 Kuzul. All rights reserved.
iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress